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The Great Sphinx of Truth and Knowledge

“Confronting mankind there stands a sphinx—the vast unknown. However well a man may be informed concerning a specific subject, his furthermost outlook concerning that subject is bounded by an impenetrable infinity. And the ‘discovered,’ as I will show, has only transferred ignorance to other laces. Science has confined its labors to superficial descriptions, not the elucidation of the fundamental causes of phenomena. … She dare not attempt to explain the why even of the simplest things. … How does the maple tree secrete a sweet, wholesome sap, and deadly nightshade growing in the same soil and living on the same elements, a poison? …
“That word Why to man dominates the universe. It covers all phenomena, and thrusts inquiry back from every depth.” ~John Uni Lloyd

The Great Sphinx

When you talk about a sphinx, most people immediately see a great statue in Egypt. That statue, however, is a depiction of a sphinx, not the thing itself. The sphinx represents a mystery, the unknown, the great riddle of the universe, and beyond.

The Limits of Science

There is no doubt that the scientific community has found answers to many questions. They can tell us what chemical make some people have red hair, while others have brown or blond. They can tell us what chemicals make some peppers hot while others are not. They can tell us what makes the sun hot. They can tell us that ice expands when it freezes. They can tell us that metals liquify when heated enough. They can even tell us at what temperature each type of metal will melt. They are good at discovering the whats and wherefores of the universe, but not so good with the whys.

They can tell us that a certain chemical in some peppers makes them hot, but they can’t really say why some peppers have a lot of that chemical, and others don’t. They can’t say why some plants spread their seeds using the wind, while others rely on birds, insects, or animals to spread the seeds. They can’t tell us why plants exist at all.

The Seeker Asks Why

Whether they realize it or not, the seekers of the world are really trying to answer that question “Why?”. Telling them that copper makes red hair isn’t enough. They want to know why they have red hair. They want to know why they have hair at all. Most of all, they want to know the root causes of it all.

Science might be able to give those answers if it would go beyond the limitations of the material plane, but few scientists are willing to do that. When they do, they are often ridiculed by those who refuse to look over the fence, to look outside the cave of matter.

The Spiritual Teacher

Religion generally doesn’t do any better than science in this. Today’s churches are often just as materialistic as the business and scientific communities. They too look for answers in matter rather than in spirit. When they do venture beyond the realms of matter, it is often made up nonsense that pleases the congregation, but is not based on any spiritual truth. It has no actual answers for the Sphinx.

A real spiritual teacher, however, is both religious and scientific. He applies the rules of science and scientific study in exploring the realms beyond matter. Since matter ans spirit are very different, the study of spirit must be different, yet still scientific. You cannot put a spirit on a scale and weigh it to prove it exists. A spirit has no weight, but it is still real. A spirit has no beginning and no end, so cannot be measured. That doesn’t make it ay less real.

So if man really wished to answer the great riddle of the Sphinx, he needs to embrace spirituality as well as science, the non-material as well as the material. Maybe soon the scientists and the spiritual seekers will join together to find the real truth. But for now, we must learn different things from each discipline and put it together ourselves. We must each solve the riddle of the Sphinx.

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Seek Divine Light as Well as Material Light

Disciple: But is it not for me to attain, if I can, both the Light of God, and the Light of the outward Nature too, and to make use of them both for the ordering of my life wisely and prudently?
Master: It is Right so to do. And it is indeed a treasure above all earthly treasures to be possessed of the Light of God and Nature operating in their spheres, and to have both the Eye of Time and Eternity at once open together, and yet not to interfere with each other.
Disciple: This is a great satisfaction to me to hear; having been very uneasy about it for some time. But how can this be without interfering with each other, there is the difficulty?
Master: … It will be necessary, my child, in the first place to wait for and attend the Supernatural and Divine Light, as this superior Light appointed to govern the day, rising in the true East, which is the center of Paradise, and the Great Light breaking forth as out of the darkness within thee …
Wherefore seek the Fountain of Light, waiting in the deep ground of thy soul for the rising there of the Sun of Righteousness, whereby the Light of Nature in thee, with the properties thereof, will be made to shine seven times brighter than ordinary.” ~Jakob Bohme

Some believe that in order to seek the Divine Light, the Light of God, the light of the Sun of Righteousness, one must divorce herself completely from the material world, material goods, and even the light of the spiritual sun. This is not true and is foolish to even attempt when one is not ready. Besides, it is virtually impossible to get the light of the spiritual sun without also getting light from the natural sun, the sun of matter. The highly developed spiritual people called the Essenes still ate physical food at least once a month and Jesus didn’t fast forever, just forty days. They knew that one could not completely give up the natural as long as one had a material body, but they avoided becoming attached to the physical.

It is a matter of emphasis. By placing the emphasis on spiritual development and on taking in that Divine Light, one does not have to be overly concerned that he is also exposed to the physical light and to the world of matter. The world of matter cannot be avoided as long as we have physical bodies, but we can keep it to a minimum and subordinate to the spiritual. Continue reading “Seek Divine Light as Well as Material Light”

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Fire and Light and the Creative Trinity

“All things such as we see are in their interior fire and light, wherin is hidden the essence of the spirit. All things are a trinity of fire, light, and air. In other words, ‘Spirit,‘ the ‘Father,‘ is a divine superessential light; the ‘son,’ the light having become manifest; the ‘holy spirit,’ a divine superessential air and motion. The fire resides within the heart and sends its rays through the whole body of man, causing it to live; but no light is born from the fire without the presence of the spirit of holiness.

“To express this in other words we may say—All things are made of thought, and exist in the universal mind (the astral light), and within each is latent the will, by whose action they may become developed and their powers unfolded. This takes place under favorable circumstances by the slow and unconscious action of the universal will acting in nature, and may be accomplished in a very short time by the aid of the conscious will of the alchemist; but before the will of a person can accomplish such wonders in external substances, his will must first become self-conscious within itself; the light that shines from the center of his own heart, must become living and bright before it can act upon those substances with which the alchemist deals.He in whom this divine light of the Christ (the atma) has not awakened to life, is virtually asleep in the spirit, and can act upon spiritual things no more than a man can deal with material substances while he sleeps.” ~Franz Hartmann

All Things Fire and Light

While it is true that the ancient holy ones often said that we all are “fire and light” within, it must be understood that this should not be taken too literally. To them, “fire” often meant energy of any kind, so they were really saying that we are actually energy and light.

Essence of Spirit

The essence of spirit is found in energy and, more specifically, Light. But not just any light, spiritual light. You won’t find it in a fluorescent light bulb, a sodium street lamp, or even a neon sign. Spirit light must have a spiritual source, and the primary source of spiritual light on Earth is the Spiritual Sun.

In fact, since the human spirit and soul are pure spirit, and not matter at all, they are made of spiritual light and they live on spiritual light. And if humanity transforms as God wants us too, we will one day exist entirely on Light and not have to kill and eat other beings to survive. Continue reading “Fire and Light and the Creative Trinity”

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Divine Art of Alchemy is Also Science

Divine Art of Alchemy

“Alchemy is an art, and as every art requires an artist to exercise it, likewise this divine science and art can be practiced only by those who are in possession of the divine power necessary for that purpose. It is true that the external manipulations required for the production of certain alchemical preparations may, like an ordinary chemical process, be taught to anybody capable of reasoning; but the results which he would accomplish would be without life, for only he in whom the true life has awakened can awaken it from its sleep in the prima materia, and cause visible forms to grow from the Chaos of nature.

“Alchemy in its highest aspects deals with the spiritual regeneration of man, and teaches how a god may be made out of a human being or, to express it more correctly, how to establish the conditions necessary for the development of divine powers in man, so that a human being may become a god by the power of God, in the same sense as a seed becomes a plant by the aid of the four elements, and the action of the invisible fifth.”~Franz Hartmann

Alchemy as Art

As Hartmann notes, Alchemy is as much art as it is a science, at least insofar as we think of those terms in the physical world. I’m sure that much of what we consider art with regard to spiritual development will one day be science. We simply haven’t yet learned the rules governing its use yet, so we have to use intuition, making it an art.

What does it mean to say that something is an art as much as a science, or even more than it is a science? Let me give you an example from my own life. When I first studied Computer Programming in the 1970s, it was more art than science. Programing languages were becoming standard, but precisely how to write programs with them was not. It was as much wide open as a novelist who can write a book in many different ways, as long as he follows the basic rules of grammar. If two programmers were given an assignment to write a program to do a specific job, each would come up with a very different solution. But by the 1990’s it had become more science than art. Now when two programmers wrote the same program, the more structured rules meant they would be nearly identical.

In the case of Alchemy, I don’t know enough about its history to say if something similar happened, but as Hartmann says, it never got to the point of being pure science. It remains, like most other spiritual disciplines, a mix of art and science. Continue reading “Divine Art of Alchemy is Also Science”

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Difference Everywhere is a Good Thing

“Difference everywhere is a good, and so there must be differing archetypes, though only to evil could be attributed any power in Matter to thwart nature by overmastering the perfect Reason Principles, hidden but give to all.

“Still, admitting the diversity of the Reason-principles, why need there be as many as there are men born in each period, once it is granted that different beings may take external manifestation under the presence of the same principles?

“Under the presence of all; agreed: but with the dominance of the very same? That is still open to question.

“May we not take it that there may be identical reproduction from one Period to another but not in the same period?

“In the case of twin birth among human beings how can we make out the Reason-Principles to be different; and still more when we turn to the animals and especially those with litters?

“Where the young are precisely alike, there is one Reason-Principle. But this would mean that after all there are not as man Reason Principles as separate beings? As many as there are of different beings, differing by something more than a mere failure to complete reproduction of their Idea. And why may this (sharing of archetype) occur also in beings untouched by differentiation, if indeed there be any such?” ~Plotinus

Difference Everywhere

We are indeed all different, and there is nothing wrong with that. But Plotinus is having difficulty understanding how we can all be created by the same archetypes and what he calls “Reason-Principles,” and not be identical. Apparently, he sees the archetypes as cosmic cookie-cutters. I’m guessing he wasn’t a cook, or they didn’t actually have cookie-cutters in his time. Otherwise, he would know that even when cookies are made using a cookie-cutter after they are cooked, they are all slightly different. And as Plotinus said, difference everywhere is a good thing.

Same Yet Different

When we say that all people are equal, that does not mean we are all identical. We don’t all look the same, talk the same, think the same, etc. Yet, to an alien from another planet (if there was such a thing) we probably do look alike. But just as two people who look very different can have the same job, the same talents, even the same parents, so also can two people who look alike have different personalities and different talents. That is true on a spiritual level as well as the physical and mental levels. Continue reading “Difference Everywhere is a Good Thing”

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One Who Gives His Mind to God Achieves Truth

“But he that gives his mind to the law of the most High, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and be occupied in prophecies. He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtle parables are, he will be there also. He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables. He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men. He will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and will pray before the most High, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. When the great Lord will, he shall be filled with the spirit of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto the Lord in his prayer. … Many shall commend his understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; his memorial shall not depart away, and his name shall live from generation to generation. … If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it. … Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field: And give ye a sweet savour as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless the Lord in all his works. … All the works of the Lord are exceeding good, and whatsoever he commandeth shall be accomplished in due season.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Gives His Mind

He (or she) that gives his mind to God is a fortunate person. Such people eventually learn the truth and wisdom by doing this. Not the so-called truth that is really the opinions of educated people, but the absolute truth, the truth of God. He seeks the wisdom of the ancients because he knows that is was real Wisdom, the Wisdom of Sophia, the wisdom of God. Again, this wisdom is absolute. Debating it would be pointless since it is not opinion, but indisputable truth. God does not deal in opinions and theories. God knows only truth, God is Truth.

I belong to several “Spiritual” groups on Facebook, and I regularly see individual posting speculative nonsense such as, “What if this is heaven, and when we die we go somewhere worse,” or “What did God doesn’t want obedience, but rebels?” It is not just that such questions are generally quite foolish, and rarely worth responding to, but that it shows these people are not seeking truth at all, but sharing speculations instead. Sad.

Occupied in Meditation

The meditation referred to here is not the kind that has become so popular these days, primarily through the Transcendental Meditation school. This is not about repeating some ancient Sanskrit words that are meaningless to most of us, but about contemplating God, reality, the worlds of spirit, and the Divine Soul. You don’t develop your muscles by ignoring them. Likewise, you don’t develop your soul by ignoring it. Unfortunately, while there are many competent schools and teachers for training the physical body, there are only a few who truly know how to awaken and train the soul. I personally belong to, and recommend Cosolargy as a real spiritual school and not one just taking advantage of a popular fad to make money. To be one who “gives his mind to God” means we have to meditate on God, not on meaningless chants.

Seek the Wisdom of the Ancients

It is a good idea to seek the wisdom of the ancients. Not all ancients are worthy of such seeking, though. It is the adepts of the ancient mystery schools that we should emulate, not the barbarians. We should also not be seeking the wisdom of those ancient schools in books. The books can do little more than send us down the right path. We have to follow that path for some time before we reach the Great Wisdom for ourselves. This wisdom and truth must be experienced by each of us. It is never found in books. Not that there is anything wrong with books. I have written several myself (check the “Shop” menu tab)! But books can only teach so much, then the rest must come from experience.

Serve Among Great Men

There have been times in human history when the spiritually enlightened people, did serve as consultants and advisers to kings, generals, and other powerful leaders. That is not true today, but it could become true tomorrow. And by “tomorrow,” I mean at some future time when things change. Currently, the vast majority of people are so Materialistic and Capitalistic that it is hard for many of us to see much hope for such a change. We need to remember, though, that the simple fact that some of us are recognizing the folly of clinging to these failed philosophies is progress. The one who “gives his mind to God” sees this.

As we continue to develop our spiritual faculties with the help of the Light from the Spiritual Sun, we will see more and more of us rejecting materialism. As horrible as it is in other ways, the coronavirus pandemic may actually help in this regard. As people are forced to stop their normal lives for several weeks, some will realize that the constant running on the treadmill of Capitalism really gets them nowhere except old, sick, and burned out. And usually with barely enough money to live on if they retire. It started out well with businesses being created to serve people, but it has degenerated to people as the slaves of big business. We need to get back to the ways of the ancients and let the awakened rule, or at least advise the rulers.

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